As we reported just a few days back, Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headsets were part of the payload heading for the space station on Sunday’s SpaceX CRS-7 mission. Unfortunately they were destroyed when the unmanned rocket transporting the products blew up just minutes into it’s flight.
NASA’s associate administrator for communications, David Weaver, said
“We are disappointed in the loss of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.
However, the astronauts are safe aboard the station and have sufficient supplies for the next several months. We will work closely with SpaceX to understand what happened, fix the problem and return to flight. The commercial cargo program was designed to accommodate loss of cargo vehicles. We will continue operation of the station in a safe and effective way as we continue to use it as our test bed for preparing for longer duration missions farther into the solar system.”
The partnership between NASA and Microsoft planned a set of HoloLens devices to be sent to the International Space Station to aid with communications and training with new software called Sidekick.
Microsoft’s Hololens, expected to launch to consumers next year, would have been a genuine benefit for NASA to have in space, the company said.
“Microsoft HoloLens is about transforming the ways you create, connect, and explore,” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft.
“Sidekick is a prime example of an application for which we envisioned HoloLens being used – unlocking new potential for astronauts and giving us all a new perspective on what is possible with holographic computing.”
We wish HoloLens, Microsoft and SpaceX better luck next time.